Nine faculty and staff members from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been chosen to participate in the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s development programs. Five of these recipients were chosen for the Academic Leadership Program, and the other four were selected as part of the Department Executive Officer Seminar.
Academic Leadership Program
The Academic Leadership Program (ALP) consists of a set of three seminars that provides in-depth managerial and general leadership skills to outstanding faculty members from Big Ten universities. Since 1989, this program has worked to improve administration systems across major research institutions, and many former fellows have gone on to become college deans, presidents, and provosts.
This year, five Illinois faculty and staff members have been awarded this fellowship. The recipients include Dan Bodony (Aerospace Engineering), Jacinda K. Dariotis (Human Development & Family Studies), Mariselle Meléndez (Spanish American Literatures), Francisco J. Rodríguez-Suárez (Architecture) and Verity Winship (Law).
Department Executive Officers Seminar
Each year, around 65 academic leaders are chosen by their respective Big Ten universities to attend a series of seminars curated for the professional development of department executive officers. In the past, topics have ranged from conflict resolution and time management to faculty development, performance reviews, and group problem solving. This year, the program will consist of three synchronous online portions and culminate with a multi-day in person session at the Big Ten Conference Center.
The 2022-2023 Department Executive Officer attendees include Michael Donohoe (Accountancy), Vera Hur (Mathematics), Kirsten Johnson (Music and Performing Arts Library) and Carla Almeida Santos (Recreation, Sport, and Tourism).